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Basildon Healthcare Library Harlow Healthcare Library

Basildon & Harlow Healthcare Libraries

are multidisciplinary libraries which support all NHS and Social Care staff including Students on placement based in Essex, in their everyday working practice. The Library provides electronic resources, details of which are available on this website. We support a wide range of activities, from evidence-based practice to professional development to research.

Basildon Healthcare Library is working with the library at Princess Alexandra Hospital at Harlow to develop a consistent, high quality library service to two Trusts, improving standards, streamlining current processes and introducing new services such as a Clinical Librarian Service across the sites.

Welcome to the Library video

Library News

Library Closure

Basildon and Harlow Healthcare Libraries will be unstaffed Wednesday 13th November from 2pm.

Remember you can always renew your books on ELMS or borrow/renew/return books using the self issue machine located at the Libraries. Books can also be returned in the drop box available in the Centre.

Libraries Week 7-13th October 2019

Presentations about the 3 themes for this campaign can be found below:

Get Connected

Get Skilled

Get Creative

Library Quality Assurance Framework (LQAF)

closureBasildon Healthcare Library was awarded 100% compliance for the 4th year running and Harlow Healthcare Library (HHL) are delighted to have achieved a 96% compliance score.

UpToDate Anywhere

Basildon and Princess Alexandra Staff now have access to UpToDate Anywhere which allows you to install the App on up to 2 mobile devices for quicker access. Please find instructions on how to set this up at Basildon and Harlow.


KnowledgeShare_logo is our targeted current awareness service. The alerts include resources like guidelines, systematic reviews and selected high-level journals - you will not be inundated with primary research articles. Please complete a registration form to set up current awareness service tailored to your professional interests. In order to access the KnowledgeShare system you need to log in using your OpenAthens ID.


The new BNF & BNFC App is now available, giving you access to practical, evidence-based medicines information wherever you are. The BNF Publications App can be downloaded from the App Store for iOS devices, and Google Play for Android devices.


BMJ Case reports

All staff have access to HSJ when registering with a valid BTUH & PAH email account.

HSJ is unique in covering all aspects of english healthcare.

HSJ local is an invaluable resource that allows you to keep up-to-date with your local NHS organisations, preparing you for any conversations that you may have.

You can access a user guide online to help you make the most of the service.

Be sure to download the HSJ App.

Oxford Handbooks Collection: a collaborative purchase by Library & Knowledge Services in the Mid and South Essex Success Regime

Oxford Medicine Online provides staff with access to over 60 Oxford Handbook titles in medical and surgical specialties.

You can access the ebooks with your NHS OpenAthens. Click here, enter your login details and select "NHS England" as your organisation.

Cochrane Clinical Answers

From the 1st May 2016 the Cochrane Library National Provision funded for you by NICE will include access to Cochrane Clinical Answers. Cochrane Clinical Answers covers 32 Clinical Specialties and provide a readable, digestible, clinically focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane systematic reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform decision making at the point of care. Each Cochrane Clinical Answer contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to  drill down to the evidence from the Cochrane Review. The evidence is displayed in a user friendly format, mixing narrative, numbers and graphics. The target audience for Cochrane Clinical Answers is healthcare practitioners and professionals, and other informed health care decision-makers. Cochrane Clinical Answers have been developed by Cochrane Innovations Ltd. and Wiley Online Library.

Trainees Online (TrOn)

TrOn is an online learning resource developped by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and designed to support trainee psychiatrists through the revision process for the College membership exams (the MRCPsych), in conjunction with the existing MRCPsych courses. Modules cover all of the basic science topics on the College syllabus and have commissioned over 30 modules on the critical review and clinical topics. This resource is currently free and accessible to all members, trainees and affiliates of the College who can gain access with their College username and password. Each TrOn module contains 1-3 items of  key reading  a book chapter, journal article or webpage  identified by the author(s).


TRIP A search engine aimed at health professionals looking for clinical research literature to support patient care is now available to all of the NHS in England.

Self-Issue terminal

A self-issue system is available at Basildon allowing library members to take books out, renew or bring items back 24/7, day or night, when it is convenient for you.

The machine also has the facility for you to pay any outstanding library charges by cash (card facility available at Basildon).

To use this machine, you MUST have your library card with you and also know your PIN. This is normally your YEAR of birth.

Recycle Your Read for Charity

Basildon Healthcare Library provide a ReBook service, in aid of the Polly Parrot Appeal.

Bring your old books in good condition and take another out.

Or just take one and put 20p in the tin. Or just pop up to see if we have anything that you'd like to read.

The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures, 9th edition

closureThe Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures, 9th edition provides evidence-based clinical skills and procedures related to essential aspects of a patient's care with a valid NHS OpenAthens password.

Visible Body

Visible Body is available via this website Resources area for BTUH, CHUFT, PAH and EPUT with a valid OpenAthens login. This resource is a unique fully interactive 3D rendering of the human body which makes learning and teaching anatomy and physiology exciting, visual and engaging.

The software has been installed on all Library PCs. It requires Unity Web Player to be installed to access this resource. Please contact the IT department to get this installed on your work PC.


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elms library catalogue

Click on the tree logo above to search our stock, renew, request material and also for evidence search request.

New Stock

New books recently added at Basildon


YouTube tutorial on using ELMS